Nissan may release a coupe version of Qashqai to take on the Evoque

Article by Anita Panait, on February 3, 2014

Nissan is considering a plan to build a sportier version of its Qashqai compact crossover that will target the Range Rover Evoque. Marco Fioravanti, Nissan Europe's general manager for product planning and strategy, remarked that the coupe-styled version of the Qashqai could capture the attention of consumers in Europe where crossover coupes have become popular thanks to the Evoque.

"We are observing the moves of other automakers such as Audi, Honda and Volvo. We will not stand watching," Fioravanti remarked during a press event for the new Qashqai in Madrid, Spain. A source has confirmed to Automotive News Europe that Nissan is mulling a coupe-styled Qashqai.

Fioravanti said that the Japanese carmaker will not build a Qashqai hybrid version.  "Our traditional engines have excellent fuel consumption, “he said. “We want to keep a high 'value for money' formula on the Qashqai."

The Qashqai, in its most fuel efficient version, is powered by a 1.5-liter diesel engine that provides 110 hp; consumers just 3.8 liters of fuel per 100km; and emits just 99 grams of carbon dioxide per km. 

Nissan commenced selling the second-generation Qashqai in Europe last month. Nissan may offer a high performance version of the Qashqai through its Nismo badge. Currently, Nissan sells Nismo versions of the Juke subcompact crossover and the 370Z coupe.

The second generation of the Nissan Qashqai is setting new standards in terms of crossover design. After defining the original crossover template in 2007, the Japanese carmaker is now taking the crossover sector to a whole new level by presenting a bold design and notable attention to detail as well as intelligent technology and highly advanced engineering,

As an all-new crossover, the new Qashqai is definitely not just a rework of its predecessor. In terms of dimensions, the second-gen Qashqai is around 49 mm longer, 20 mm wider and 15mm lower than the present model. Interestingly, the second-gen Qashqai is lower than its predecessor, its front and rear headrooms have increased by 10 mm while still featuring a raised driving position.

Nissan gave the new Qashqai a stunning new appearance defined by its dynamic curves, neat lines and a number of elaborate details such as its optional 19-inch alloy wheels. Furthermore, the new Qashqai communicates a great sense of strength through bold new elements like the raised bonnet line and the muscular wheel arches.

Up front, the new Qashqai employs some of the advanced technologies among crossovers. For instance, all models of the new Qashqai are provided with daytime running lights employing light emitting diode (LED) units.

Moreover, some models of the Qashqai have their dip and main beams using full-LED units. Of course, employing LED units instead of Xenon is not just a way to grab attention.

This is because the LED headlamps of the Qashqai deliver a whiter, crisper light that is closer in color to sunlight for better nighttime visibility. Add that to the fact that LED units consume 50 percent less energy than Xenon bulbs. Furthermore, these lights display Nissan's distinct LED lighting signature sweeping up from the center of the crossover.

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